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Slovenia has received 200,000 refugees to date

At a press conference on the refugee crisis earlier today, the State Secretary at the Ministry of the Interior, Boštjan Šefic, and the Civil Protection Commander, Srečko Šestan, outlined the current situation with regard to the arrival and accommodation of refugees. According to Šefic, yesterday was one of the most difficult days yet for everyone involved in managing the refugee crisis and providing care to refugees, as Slovenia received nearly 10,000 people. Another 4300 people had arrived in Slovenia by noon today. Since the beginning of the second wave in mid-October the country will have received over 200,000 refugees if we include everyone who arrives today.  


Šefic underlined that those in charge have gone to great lengths to ensure that life has gone on as normal in Slovenia despite the massive flow of people, with the exception of the areas with the highest traffic. The State Secretary once again expressed his thanks to all the border towns and their people and everyone helping to take care of the refugees. 


Slovenia will provide new refugees arriving along the Balkan route with the care they need in an organised and safe manner. According to Commander Šestan’s assurances, the suggestions made by humanitarian organisations have also been taken into consideration. Among other things, he announced that a Role 1 field hospital will be arriving from the Czech Republic on Saturday, along with doctors sent to replace the exhausted physicians of the Maribor area. 17 countries and organisations have offered to help Slovenia in total.


Additional medical facilities have also been established in Šentilj over the last few days. Šestan also reported that a covered area is being set up there to accommodate refugees while they await passage from Šentilj to Austria. According to Šefic, transfers to Austria are going smoothly and in proper coordination with the Austrians. The reception centre in Dobova with a maximum capacity of 2000 people has been renovated and facilities measuring a total of 7000m2 have been provided with sewer connections, electricity and lighting. A 500m2 tent with sanitary facilities has also been set up, as well as a special area dedicated to reuniting families, and tent partitions intended to provide privacy for breastfeeding mothers.


According to the Civil Protection Service, more than 100,000 packets of processed cheese, jam and chocolate spread, water bottles and cans of fish have been distributed in the month since the beginning of the second refugee wave. The Armed Forces prepare an average of 4000 meals each day.


Around 1000 police officers are active in the field every day, supported by 477 members of the Armed Forces. 300 to 600 people are also working in the field on a daily basis under the auspices of the Civil Protection Service. A total of 160 public work programme participants are currently assisting in the efforts. Ecologists Without Borders plan to clean up the Brežice area tomorrow.


The State Secretary also expressed his gratitude to the several hundred police officers sent from other European countries to assist in the protection of the Schengen border. Their ranks include 50 representatives from Hungary, 25 from Estonia, 20 each from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania and Latvia, and 5 from France. Germany, who has already provided 5 police officers, has promised to send 15 more. Austria has contributed 15 people, among them a liaison officer. Slovenia is also in talks with the United Kingdom, while Romania has promised to send 25, Italy 50 police officers and Bulgaria 10. Details are being worked out as to the form of assistance to be provided by Spain, while Switzerland has already offered to provide material aid.

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